The highly anticipated rematch of last year’s Grand Final had essentially a similar result, and to some players of the Hawthorn Hawks, it was a forgone conclusion before the first bounce.
Hawthorn barely broke a sweat in trouncing the Eagles 99 – 53.
The Hawks appear poised to repeat as premiers and have slammed the door on any doubters who questioned the stamina of the side.
Hawks’ players Jordan Lewis and Liam Shiels disdainfully discarded suggestions from commentators that the dynasty is coming to an end or that the side lacks the appropriate stuff to continue its dominance of the AFL.
The smack down started in the first quarter when Hawthorn had 57 more uncontested disposals than the Eagles while limiting three or more possessions by the Eagles to just five players. West Coast was shut down from the goal kicking perspective, their first not coming until four minutes into the second quarter.
It took the Eagles the entire half to equal the Hawks’ disposal total for the first quarter.
There does not appear to be anything on the horizon to slow the Hawthorn juggernaut. Even injuries to four key players still left the side with 17 premiership players on the ground.